Whiteboard vs. Blackboard

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Main Difference

The main difference between Whiteboard and Blackboard is that the Whiteboard is a surface for nonpermanent markings and Blackboard is a reusable writing surface

  • Whiteboard

    A whiteboard (also known by the terms marker board, dry-erase board, wipe board, dry-wipe board, and pen-board) is a glossy, usually white surface for making nonpermanent markings (an evolved version of the blackboard). Whiteboards are analogous to blackboards, but with a smoother surface allowing rapid marking and erasing of markings on their surface. The popularity of whiteboards increased rapidly in the mid-1990s and they have become a fixture in many offices, meeting rooms, school classrooms, and other work environments.

    The term whiteboard is also used metaphorically to refer to features of computer software applications that simulate whiteboards. Such “virtual tech whiteboards” allow one or more people to write or draw images on a simulated canvas. This is a common feature of many virtual meeting, collaboration, and instant messaging applications. The term whiteboard is also used to refer to interactive whiteboards.

  • Blackboard

    A blackboard (also known as a chalkboard) is a reusable writing surface on which text or drawings are made with sticks of calcium sulfate or calcium carbonate, known, when used for this purpose, as chalk. Blackboards were originally made of smooth, thin sheets of black or dark grey slate stone.

  • Whiteboard (noun)

    A writing board finished with a hard white material, which can be written upon using special non-permanent markers and subsequently wiped clean.

  • Whiteboard (noun)

    A collaborative tool allowing several users to write and draw on the same shared display.

  • Blackboard (noun)

    A large flat surface, finished with black slate or a similar material, that can be written upon with chalk and subsequently erased; a chalkboard.

  • Blackboard (verb)

    To use a blackboard to assist in an informal discussion.

  • Blackboard (noun)

    a large board with a smooth dark surface attached to a wall or supported on an easel and used by teachers in schools for writing on with chalk.

Oxford Dictionary

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